After firing Matt Luke on Sunday, Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter will now turn his attention to finding a new head coach. But for now, he’s appointed a temporary leader for the program.

During his press conference on Monday, Carter announced that defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre will serve as interim head coach. However, he won’t be Ole Miss’ leader for a game week, as the Rebels finished the season 4-8 after their loss at Mississippi State.

MacIntyre just completed his first season on Ole Miss’ staff. He previously served as the head coach at San Jose State (2010-12) and Colorado (2013-18). It’s his second stint with the Rebels as he previously was an assistant for them from 1999-2002.

Now, Carter will begin his first coaching search as Ole Miss AD. Could MacIntyre or offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez be candidates for the position?

“We are looking at all of our options,” Carter said, noting that neither had reached out directly about the job yet.

Carter is using Ventura Partners to assist in the coaching search, but he said it will be just him interviewing candidates, noting that the search will “move quickly.”

“People are interested in our job. We have a great roster coming back,” Carter said. “A new coach will have the autonomy to bring in who he wants, but we will have him look at our current staff, too. …

“The goal is to get the best coach. If he has a Mississippi tie, that’s a benefit. … We’re going to search for the best coach, though.”